Fulham striker Ross McCormack was subbed 57 minutes into the 2-1 defeat at Ipswich – with home the derision of home fans ringing in his ears.
The Championship’s top scorer last season cost the Whites £11million, but his manager reckons he might play a few more cameos before he lasts 90 minutes.
Felix Magath explained: “He has a lack of fitness. He did not have a pre-season with us. He is a striker and he has to score, but he is not on the level like the other players.
“When will he be fully fit? It will take time, but it’s not a problem. After all, there are 45 more games to go.”
Another debutant, Tim Hoogland scored a consolation, but Ipswich held out.